Syrian conflict

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Syrian Christians at prayer
Christians of Syria thank God, even at this time of crisis: remember them today
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Syrian Christians are very grateful to their brothers and sisters around the world who joined with them in praying and fasting for Syria on Friday. When the US, France and UK fired their missiles at Syria early on Saturday morning (14 April), it was a terrifying experience for people in Damascus and Homs, especially for the children, but it seems no one was killed. Syrian Christians praise God for His intervention.

Syrian Christian mother and child
Syrian Christian mother and child

“We ask people to pray for peace for Syria and its people,” said one Syrian Christian to Barnabas Fund on Saturday. “We offer our prayers for … the deliverance of Syria from all kinds of war and terrorism,” wrote a group of senior church leaders the same day.

Assurance that God is with them

A Christian leader has spoken to Barnabas Fund of the Syrian Christians’ conviction that God is with them at this time, as He has been during the last seven years of war. Many have been killed and wounded; many have fled to seek refuge both internally and externally; mothers are in great distress each day as they send their children off to school, wondering if they will ever see their little ones again, longing to be with them if a missile strikes. Yet Syrian Christians continue to believe and to express their confidence in God that He will be their Helper and their Protector, that He is sovereign, and above all else that He is with them at this time of great trial.

Syrian Christians at prayer
Syrian Christians at prayer

They call upon the international community to find ways of peace, and for Christians around the world to pray with them and for them. They fear that an international war in their beloved homeland will not only devastate the whole Syrian population but could be a catastrophe for the Syrian Christian community and for all Christians in the Middle East.

Indeed, the damage to Christians in Islamic contexts could go still further. A Pakistani Christian leader said last month that a war in the Middle East could trigger attacks on Christians in Pakistan. For whenever the West attacks Muslim people, Muslim extremists retaliate by attacking vulnerable Christian minorities.

Will you keep praying with and for our Christian brothers and sisters?

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